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Eric Aaholm

Executive Director

Youth Enrichment Strategies

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Youth Enrichment Strategies

2811 Macdonald Ave.

Richmond, California,94804

United States

Company Description

Youth Enrichment Strategies (YES) is a Richmond, California non-profit agency that enriches the lives of low-income children and families by bringing them to outdoor summer and family camps. Since 1999, YES has provided opportunities for thousands of Richmond ...more

Background Information

Employment History

Project Manager

Health Research


Affiliations

YES Family Camps

Staff Member


Education

LeaderSpring


Masters

Social Welfare , Management and Planning

University of California , Berkeley


Web References(42 Total References)


Children In Nature Collaborative | Reconnecting with the Natural World.

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Eric Aaholm // A Very Worthwhile and Extraordinary Journey
Our most recent interview is with Eric Aaholm, executive director of YES, Nature to Neighborhoods.


Staff & Board | YES Nature to Neighborhoods

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Eric Aaholm, Executive Director since 2007, has a Masters in Social Welfare, Management and Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
He is fluent in Spanish and started with YES Family Camps as a volunteer in 2004. Eric has experience working as a Project Manager at Health Research for Action, at the School of Public Health at Berkeley; as a Diversity Coordinator for a youth mentoring program; and a Spanish and ESL teacher. Eric was honored as a Man of Merit for Contra Costa County in 2011 and is a graduate of LeaderSpring's 2014 cohort for East Bay executive directors. eric@yesfamilies.org


Youth Enrichment Strategies website

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From Left to right: Courteney Coolidge, Lei'Jeaux Blanton, Eric Aaholm, Kelsey Radmilovic, Blanca Hern√°ndez and Tana Monteiro
Eric Aaholm, Executive Director, has a Masters in Social Welfare in Management and Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. He is fluent in Spanish and has been a staff member at YES Family Camps since 2004. Eric has experience working as a Project Manager at Health Research for Action, at the School of Public Health at Berkeley; as a Diversity Coordinator for a youth mentoring program; and a Spanish and ESL teacher. eric@yesfamilies.org


Interviews | Children In Nature Collaborative

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Eric Aaholm // A Very Worthwhile and Extraordinary Journey
Our most recent interview is with Eric Aaholm, executive director of YES, Nature to Neighborhoods.


Eric Aaholm // A Very Worthwhile and Extraordinary Journey | Children In Nature Collaborative

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Eric Aaholm // A Very Worthwhile and Extraordinary Journey
Our most recent interview is with Eric Aaholm, executive director of YES, Nature to Neighborhoods. For the past 16 years YES has created bridges and pathways for youth, families, and the community to bring transformative experiences in nature back to homes and neighborhoods in Richmond. Q. Let's begin by talking about your path as a leader and where it began. Eric: I had the luxury of growing up just north of Boulder, Colorado in the foothills. I was surrounded by nature from a young age. Eric: During that time in Colorado, I started mentoring a 10-year-old boy in our program named Homero. He, his two sisters and mom struggled under the weight of an abusive father whose alcohol induced rages put him in jail, but always brought him back to his family demanding forgiveness. Homero was torn. He loved his father and victimized his mother and sisters out of defensiveness and love. His life was in turmoil. Eric: A serendipitous thing happened after I moved to Berkeley for graduate school. My wife Caroline was invited to photograph a weekend camp excursion with local families. Upon returning, she told me how much I would love the experience and she encouraged me to get involved. Eric: The Family Camp program for YES has become more than a way to recruit children to summer camp - it has become a community-building model. Eric: In 2010, with a grant from the Foundation for Youth Investment (now Youth Outside), we were able to launch our Camp-to-Community program (C2C), our year-round youth leadership program for 14-18 year olds. Eric: In the Richmond neighborhoods that we work in, the high rates of asthma, obesity and other chronic diseases, and the poverty rates, are 400 times higher than the rest of Contra Costa County. Eric: At YES we have a group of truly dedicated staff who are passionate about seeing changes to their community and making YES participants a part of it. Eric: Jorge is 20 now, but when I first met him, he was a nine-year old and his family was the one assigned to me the first time I went to Family Camp in 2004. The previous year had been Jorge's first experience at summer camp. He was shy and one of the camp counselors helped ensure Jorge had the best week of his life. He later made a promise to himself, to be that counselor some day, and make a change in someone else's life.


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